Alameda County Library Wins National Recognition
for Teen/Senior Web Connection Program!
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected Alameda County Library’s Teen/Senior Web Connection as one of the nation’s top programs in its Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Project!
This program evolved as a means to merge the requirement for teens to earn community service hours with the desire of older adults to learn Internet skills. This resulted in a one-on-one tutoring program, pairing teens with seniors resulting in a rewarding experience for both the teens and the seniors.
The top five programs, which include Alameda County Library, will each receive a $1,000 prize for teen library materials or programs. The program will also be included in the fifth edition of “Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults,” to be published in summer 2008. Winners will also be featured in a program at the ALA’s Annual Conference 2008 in Anaheim, California.
“We looked for outstanding, interesting, and original programs that could be adapted to libraries in a variety of circumstances,” said YALSA Excellence Jury Chair RoseMary Honnold. “While all the submitted programs were successful, the programs chosen for Excellence are truly special in their creative and ingenious methods of reaching and serving teens.” Applications were judged on: the degree to which the program or service met the needs of its community, particularly the young adult audience it served; originality; and quality.
Congratulations to all the Teen participates and Teen Services Specialist Gary Morrison.
Interested in joining our Teen/Senior Web Connection? Call Gary @ 510-745-1438